Vigor Industrial has won an order to build a second 144-car ferry for Washington State Ferries (WSF) the ferries division of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
Construction is scheduled to start in December at Vigor Industries’ US Fab shipyard for WSF.
WSDOT assistant transportation secretary of ferries division David Moseley said," These new boats will ensure we have modern vessels to continue giving our passengers safe and reliable service."
WSF expects that the first 144-car ferry which is already being built will start service in early 2014, while the second ferry will start in early 2015.
Construction costs for the first 144-car ferry is $115m and the total cost of the vessel is $147m, which includes design, owner-furnished equipment, construction management, final outfitting, and contingencies.
Both the vessels are based on the 130-car Issaquah class, while the construction cost for these vessels is $225m, including WSF-furnished equipment, construction management and contingencies for the vessels which will cost $277m.
The 144-car ferries will replace vessels in the Evergreen State class, which are the oldest in the state fleet and the work on the vessels will create more than 500 jobs at shipyards in the region.
According to WSDOT, the new ferry will be more comfortable for passengers with added capacity, improved safety systems and better access for customers with disabilities.
WSF has contracted Vigor Industrial’s US Fab Division for design and construction of up to four 144-car ferries dependant on funding.
WSF operates the largest ferry fleet in the US with 23 ferries carry about 23 million passengers across Puget Sound and its inland waterways each year.